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Effigy Mounds National Monument - Great Bear Mound

It becomes difficult to discern the shape from ground level, but these mounds are in the shape of a bear. This specific mound is interesting in that the bear faces to the right (whereas almost all others face left). LIDAR imaging of these mounds confirms the mound builders were highly skilled and amazingly able to keep the size of these mounds consistent, even for regional mounds that are long distances apart.

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